A better way for a healthier SA

Prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure

Australia was built on the principle of a fair go for everyone, but we seem to have lost our way, especially when it comes to health care. The Greens believe that every South Australian is entitled to the best health care system possible, regardless of where they live or how much they earn.

The cost of providing healthcare is rapidly increasing. It will soon consume the entire state budget unless we find a better way. The Greens believe that spending on good health is as important as treating ill health. The key is to focus on prevention. Keeping people of all ages healthy, out of hospital and active in the community for as long as possible makes clear sense.

At a time where obesity, diabetes and health conditions associated with ageing are increasing, we need to make sure people have good access to services that can keep them healthy longer, no matter where they live. Living outside the big smoke shouldn’t mean you are treated like a second-class citizen. We can also help people lead healthy, active lives by designing towns and cities that encourage walking and cycling.

Almost 50% of South Australians will experience mental health problems at some stage in their lives, yet for decades the issue has been neglected and under-funded.

Taking Action

The Greens will:

  • Promote health improvement programs tailored to local needs, with a particular focus on disadvantaged communities;
  • Ban unhealthy food advertising on television during prime children viewing times;
  • Improve air quality by strengthening laws around industrial pollution and car emissions;
  • Develop a five-year plan for addressing mental health issues in South Australia;
  • Investigate innovative ways to improve mental health, looking at lifestyle work practices and social opportunities;
  • Restore funding to regional areas to help close the health gap between rural and urban communities, and between Indigenous and non-indigenous people;
  • Improve programmes and facilities, for both children and adults, that promote physical activity;
  • Ensure that the implications on health of all government policies are considered before being implemented;
  • Support suburban and rural health clusters to effectively address the needs of their local communities; and
  • Advocate for high speed Internet to enable medical staff to access expertise from anywhere in the world.